The Institute for Fostering Scientific Creativity
With many of the current frontiers of science lying at scales beyond those which frame our daily lives, the answers to our most profound questions about the universe lie outside the purview of standard human experience. Scientific inquiry now focuses on the very big and the very small, and our lack of direct contact with these scales makes it difficult to internalize the conceptual frameworks from which the phenomena at these scales arise. Further, different laws of physics dominate at different scales, widening the gap between our intuitions and the physics at these levels. This is why many of us find it so challenging to make sense of ideas within quantum mechanics and higher mathematics.
The future of science will require us to adopt innovative and creative new problem solving approaches.
Being conceptually detached from these facets of reality limits us from being able to fully engagement with them. In order to make the next set of great leaps, we will need to connect more deeply with
The IFSC believes that by connecting with a deeper felt sense of the systems they study, scientists will be able to better develop the absent intuition, becoming less taxed by the hurdle of
If we’re going to make creative new insights in science, we are going to have to find new ways of doing science creatively.
Can innovation be engineered? The story of science is full of anecdotal evidence suggesting that exploring a deep, felt connection with the subject of study can lead to conceptual breakthroughs. From Albert Einstein's thought experiments on light to Barbara McClintock's holistic approach to genetics, scientists have often found their most creative insights while working through an intuitive, felt lens.
The Institute for the Fostering of Scientific Creativity is the first research center focused on connecting scientists with a deep felt sense of the systems they are attempting to describe. We believe that large-scale leaps in scientific progress require the development of a conceptual intuition for the concepts helps to inform intellectual understanding and enhance creative problem solving. is necessary in order to most fully realize the scientific progress will most fully . envisions a world in which scientists are able to more fully engage with the systems they study by adopting an integrated, experiential approach to those systems and by coming to understand their subject matter from within, developing a felt sense of their natures and the ways in which they operate.
The Institute for the Fostering of Scientific Creativity facilitates an integrative approach to science through workshops, classes, and retreat space. The modality of instruction/environment is through an experiential - - - .
Science needs to be reconnected with the world it is attempting to describe. Our progress in understanding our environment is deeply rooted in an experiential context. As science is beginning to tackle aspects of reality which lie outside of direct experience, we need to explore new ways of developing a felt sense of these new frontiers. The IFSC aims to work alongside the traditional scientific approach. Engaging with the concepts from within, in addition to intellectualizing them from without, provides richer access to the space in which the concept lives and allows the scientist a more intuitive understanding of
Creative new models that we can relate to our reality.
Humanity is experiencing a collective trauma in our disconnection from reality as it truly is. We are detached from our context within the larger framework of nature, and this separation has given us - - -. To heal this trauma, we must become re-enchanted with the world. Re-enchantment is the felt sense of authentic reality -- an experiential state which couples exteriorly-situated wonder, in the self-reflective act of looking back upon reality and engaging with it, with an awareness of intrinsic and expansive interiority, in the recognition of oneself not as an extension of the universe but as the universe. It has a strong tie-in with an expanded sense of self, wherein the self is a framework whose existence and identity manifests from structure and relationships. Reality does not consist of individual nodes which happen to be connected, but rather, reality is simply the connections themselves, and everything which exists does so as the entirety of this framework rather than as a node within it. Re-enchantment involves feeling into this and engaging with the world in a way which respects, acknowledges, and enjoys the dual state of both being everything yet not knowing everything. The limitation in our capacity for self-awareness (as the whole of existence) brings in a lot of the beauty of being -- in a way similar but different to the Taoist notions of opposites needing one another for recognition and relevancy. That we're shielded from truly knowing the universe (and therefore from truly knowing our self), we have the opportunity for engagement and play. Silly as it may be, when I do math and physics I feel like I'm 'playing with the universe'. There's a sense of fun in it. A big part of re-enchantment, then, is carrying this felt sense of genuine engagement into our interactions with everything that is (as both our self, in the deepest sense, and also as 'other', which grants the capacity for engagement) and into the entirety of our lives and our action of living.
The IFSC does not intend to replace the current paradigm of scientific methodology, nor does it purport to offer an avenue by which to bypass the rigors of the scientific tradition. Rather, the IFSC provides an unprecedented tool for developing scientific intuition which is to be used alongside the standard methodology of a given field of inquiry. The IFSC uniquely addresses a need for
- seems open to the importance of subjectivity and feeling in the culture of science